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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How to include a trademarked term in an online listing (consumerist.com) 1

huckamania writes: My kids are growing up and my wife is selling some of their old clothes. She was surprised to get a takedown notice because she used a trademarked term we'll call XXX. This term is in popular use (95% according to company YYY that holds the trademark) and not using it in her listings means less buyers will find the item. I thought it might be possible to include a disclaimer in the description like "Disclaimer: This product is not an XXX from YYY brands" with that being the only mention of the XXX trademark. Is that fair use or just obtuse?

Submission + - The Climatic Research Unit hacked, files leaked (wattsupwiththat.com) 5

huckamania writes: The Climatic Research Unit is widely recognised as one of the world's leading institutions concerned with the study of natural and anthropogenic climate change. Consisting of a staff of around thirty research scientists and students, the Unit has developed a number of the data sets widely used in climate research, including the global temperature record used to monitor the state of the climate system, as well as statistical software packages and climate models.

An unknown person put postings on some climate skeptic websites that advertised an FTP file on a Russian FTP server, here is the message that was placed on the Air Vent today:

"We feel that climate science is, in the current situation, too important to be kept under wraps. We hereby release a random selection of correspondence, code, and documents"

The file was large, about 61 megabytes, containing hundreds of files. It contained data, code, and emails apparently from the CRU. If proved legitimate, these bombshells could spell trouble for the AGW crowd.

Discussion and analysis of the leaked items can be found at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/19/breaking-news-story-hadley-cru-has-apparently-been-hacked-hundreds-of-files-released/#more-12937. The BBC is also reporting but with few details http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8370282.stm.

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